Jaqui's Daily Blog

Friday 29th June

Today would have been my dear Dad's birthday.  Had he lived till now, he would have been 97 today.  However, if asked, I know he would have said, as he always did when asked his age: "I'm 21 today!"

 

Two things you should know about my Dad.  A salesman through and through, he always had a keen eye for a bargain and he loved all sports.  So on his birthday I think it's worth re-telling a story which has passed into our family folklore.

 

Soon after I was born, my Mum sent Dad out to buy me a pram, having seen one advertised, second-hand, for the princely sum of 10 shillings (that's 50p to those of you born in the decimal age........)

 

Dad duly spent the 10 shillings and came home with a bargain - in the shape of a full-size snooker table.  The shoppers among you will doubtless agree that some bargains just have to be snapped up.  History does not relate my mother's reaction. 

 

Obviously I was too young to bear a grudge.  So, Happy 21st Birthday (again) dear Dad!

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26.10 | 14:21

Mmm, was it because there were '24 men kicking a ball' that it didn't end entirely satisfactorily???

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15.10 | 11:13

I don't remember seeing this first time round.... but thank you for sharing with me. You write beautifully, and brought a tear to my eyes. Lots of love xx

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10.10 | 21:37

Jaqui I think your grandchildren are very lucky. You have spurred me on to write a letter to Amelia who like Hazel is away from home for the first time. 💕

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03.07 | 22:43

Wouldn't have missed it for the world. xx

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